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The Skinny on Red Bull vs. Old Ox Brewery: Understanding this Brewery Trademark Dispute

Here’s what Red Bull vs. Old Ox Brewery is and what it isn’t. If you read the Brewery Law Blog, you know I love craft beer trademarks more than the average Esquire. Same goes for craft cider trademarks, mead trademarks, the whole lot. Over the last year, I’ve appreciated seeing the public get fired up […]

Lagunitas to Sierra Nevada: Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

Edit 1/14/2015 at 2:06pm PST: Indeed, Lagunitas dismissed the lawsuit. Thanks to Twitter for breaking the news and the screen cap. As this fellow beer attorney points out and helpfully includes the filing, it’s dismissed in a way that Lagunitas could sue again, but I think we know what kind of uproar that would cause. That […]

Lagunitas vs Sierra Nevada: Be the Jury

Edit: Once the Lagunitas vs. Sierra Nevada story broke, public opinion convinced Lagunitas owner Tony Magee to call the whole thing off. See his tweets below, noting how sometimes there’s the court of law and other times the court of public opinion. Again, the consumer discussion thread pointed to below gives you insight into how the […]

Starting a Brewery Law Practice: My CLE Series with LexVid

The brewing business sure is brewing, isn’t it? With this growth has come a need for beverage-savvy attorneys across the United States. Breweries are getting bigger. They’re doing innovative things. They’re collaborating. They’re releasing more brands. They’re pushing the edges of the regs. They’re advocating for changes. They’re looking for a path forward, and they […]

Brewery Trademark Law Explained (In a Nutshell)

Here’s the skinny on why proactive brewery trademark practices are a must. This is as brief-yet-thorough of an overview on brewery trademark law (and why it’s important) as I can muster. The takeaway is the same: (1) clear early and often; (2) file immediately; (3) regularly monitor. Here goes: Brewery Trademark Law Explained Federal trademarks are […]

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